Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

The Indians will retain the trademark of Chief Wahoo.

Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo will officially be fazed out of the organization's uniforms, gear, and at Progressive Field starting in 2019. In recent years, the team has adopted an uninspiring block "C" as its official logo, but the Wahoo still appeared on the team's uniforms.

The logo won't be available on any gear available for purchase online at Major League Baseball's store after 2019. The announcement comes following thoughtful and productive discussions between Major League Baseball and the Indians.

Chief Wahoo has always been the subject of public scrutiny, with critics claiming that the grinning red-faced logo is offensive to the Native American community.

Manfred said Major League Baseball was "committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion", which led to dialogue between the commissioner's office and the Indians.

"We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion", Dolan said in a statement.

While the team has used the image of a Native American as their logo for almost 100 years, it wasn't until the late 1940's that the Wahoo logo was used but Wahoo has remained, for the most part, unchanged since then. At the time, the team's communications manager noted that the decision was made in part because the Indians' spring training location is in Arizona - a part of the country, unlike Cleveland, Ohio, with a sizable Native American population.

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Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians racist mascot, is dead.

The NFL's Washington Redskins have faced longstanding pressure to change their team name, which critics cite as offensive to Native Americans.

The Chief Wahoo logo-the face of a Native American, printed in red, with a wide smile and a feather popping out of the back of his head-was adopted by the Cleveland Indians in 1951.

Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians' nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.

The Chief Wahoo symbol, however, was still stitched onto their uniforms.

Protesters have objected to the Cleveland Indians' name, as well as to the Chief Wahoo image. A judge dismissed the case.

Cleveland lawyer and sports writer Peter Pattakos, who opposes the logo, also predicted that the change will lead to more Chief Wahoo in stands, not less.

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